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TOPEKA, Kan., April 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --  Summer travel planning is already in the minds of many. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism invites visitors to explore www.TravelKs.com to discover all new travel itineraries packed with attractions, events and experiences for individuals, families and outdoors lovers. There's No Place Like Kansas Plan Your Trip is designed to help visitors capture ideas and map their plans for summer exploration of Kansas.

As an example of planning visits to a regional area in Kansas, here are several big new attractions sure to attract the attention of all ages. 

Schlitterbahn Kansas City, KS Waterpark announces the World's Tallest Water Slide to open to the public Summer 2014.  The new Verruckt Meg-a-Blaster (German for INSANE!), speed-slide combines the best elements of Schlitterbahn's patented uphill water coaster Master Blaster™ technology with the mind numbing drop of a speed slide. Taller than Niagara Falls, this new slide will shatter all existing records. A four-person raft ride, it will be a thrill visitors can only experience with three of their most courageous friends. Verruckt has already been a viral sensation, with millions of people around the world viewing early construction photos of the ride.  In addition to this new attraction, families will enjoy other waterpark features including the Storm Blaster – a Master Blaster™ uphill water coaster, four tubing slides and chutes, two tubing rivers including the world's longest tidal wave river, 13 mini-slides for kids, three relaxing beaches and a giant hot tub with a swim-up refreshment bar.

Museum of Prairiefire Exibitions, Overland Park, KS will open May 12th.  Museum at Prairefire has established a partnership agreement as the nation's first permanent location for American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) traveling exhibitions.  It operates as an independent, non-profit organization.  From water to dinosaurs, visitors will experience interactive exhibits targeting all age groups and audiences.  The Great Hall pays homage to AMNH's world famous dinosaur collection with a cast of Tyrannosaurus rex, discovered in 1908 by the world's greatest dinosaur hunter and University of Kansas graduate, Dr. Barnum Brown. The Discovery Room offers children a magical place to explore artifacts, specimens, puzzles and scientific challenges. The Wetlands Trail sits within a 60-acre footprint bordered by a reclaimed wetlands, prairie interpretive walk, biking and hiking trail and butterfly garden. The Museum is located in the new life-styles retail and entertainment development of http://www.visitprairiefire.com.

AZKC Adventure Zip KC, Bonner Springs, KS opened March 22nd. This brand new 143 acre park is located just minutes from The Legends http://www.legendsshopping.com  shopping and entertainment district and the Kansas Speedway http://www.kansasspeedway.com . Adults and kids of all ages will thrill at the 300 feet of elevation change. The zipline adventure reaches speeds over 45 mph with one tower-to-tower distance spanning a quarter-mile.  Enjoy scenic views soaring above, in and below the trees. Coming soon will be biking and hiking trails, repelling and a climbing wall.  For more information visit http://adventurezipkc.com.

For more information, visit www.TravelKS.com, or call 785-296-2009. Find Kansas on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TravelKS and on Twitter at @TravelKS.

SOURCE Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

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